Will Black Youth, the “Most Connected” Generation Ever, Vote in 2010?
Biko Baker, Huffington Post | October 29, 2010
For young voters, November 2, 2010, like every election, is about our future. Even the 2008 presidential election. Yes, Barack Obama was a compelling candidate, but people turned out in record numbers because they believed that he had a plan for their future. This election is about the same thing.
While parties and partisan groups want to focus on the past, and debate about ideologies and the complexities of America’s contradictions, young people are trying to make sure that they can afford to go to school, have a decent job, and have a safe place to live.
I know that a lot of people think that young voters won’t turn out in the midterms. But I think we are going to see a higher turnout amongst young people than people expect for a couple of reasons.
First, we are the most connected generation ever. From Facebook to Twitter, we can communicate at a much faster pace than ever before…we definitely didn’t have this in 2006, and even in 2008, social networking and new media were sort of new. But we’ve been practicing for two years. I can’t speak about other cities but in the last round of primaries I was excited by what I saw on Facebook. (Read the full article)